- There has been no official communication—Somba-Banda
The Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has said in the absence of official communication it does not recognise the suspension of general secretary Harold Fote and two other executive members by Big Bullets Football Club.
Fote and two other executive committee members—Trust Nkhoma and Dan Mbebuwa—who were also acting treasurer and marketing manager respectively, were suspended at an extraordinary meeting held in Lilongwe on April 18 for alleged insubordination.
However, speaking on behalf of the league’s GS, Sulom treasurer Tiya Somba-Banda yesterday said the league is still dealing with Fote because there has been no official communication from the club.
“We read about the suspension of Fote and others in the press, but officially we have not received any communication and based on that, we still recognise Fote as GS of the club.
“Clubs should learn to follow procedures on issues to do with corporate governance. The decision to suspend the officials was an internal issue, but they should inform us officially for adminstrative purposes,” said Somba-Banda.
But Bullets board of trustees chairperson James Busiley accused Sulom of meddling in the club’s internal affairs.
“Why does Sulom keep on poking its nose into our business,? What is their interest? They should be preoccupied with running the league and not interfering with club internal issues,” said Busiley.
He also claimed that official communication on the suspension of the trio was already sent to Sulom through trustees’ GS Jim Kalua.
“In fact, Sulom vice-president [Daud] Suleman also wanted to make a fuss about the issue and we turn to wonder what they are up to,” said Busiley.
Meanwhile, Fote has said even though Bullets are claiming that the meeting that suspended him and the others was not an extraordinary general meeting, it was still unconstitutional “because the disciplinary committee did not conduct an inquiry on the alleged misconduct by the officials in question, me inclusive as per Article 15.5.”